Beyond the Sea
Beyond the Sea (2004)

For Bobby Darin, performing was his life. It kept his heart beating. He came alive onstage, even when he was near collapse offstage. From the age of seven, Walden Robert Cassotto--Little Bobby knows the odds are stacked against him.… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 29, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
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Critic Score: 42% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Kevin Spacey's bio of singer Bobby Darin is either a fearless piece of showmanship or an embarrassing vanity project, according to critics.

Paul Clinton (

Many people under 40 may not even remember Bobby Darin, let alone know about his remarkable life story. Beyond the Sea may rectify that problem and stand as a wonderful tribute to an amazing talent who left us all too soon.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

If Spacey's age problem proves an insurmountable distraction for literalists and Darin fans, his admirers will no doubt relish the chance to watch him sing, dance and basically take over the screen for two hours.

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Sean Nelson
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Beyond the Sea ranks among the worst films of its sub-subgenre because its director/star only seems interested in making the film to exploit his remarkable physical resemblance to the title character.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Spacey the actor bails out Spacey the director. He's been talking about his abiding love of Darin for quite some time, and he nails Darin in look, deed and buttery croon, making up for many of the film's structural deficiencies.

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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News

This is one of those rare movies that's so bad it's good, with lavish production numbers in which Spacey sings out of sync with the voice track and dances out of sync with his own feet.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Spacey doesn't pass as Darin, and everything else is flat.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

This vainglorious biopic about Bobby Darin is really about what the '60s pop singer and actor means to Kevin Spacey.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Spacey may worship at the altar of Darin, but the real Bobby was beyond him.

Cole Smithey

More than 10-years in the making, the movie is a labor of love from Kevin Spacey, and Kate Bosworth is superb as Darin's charming wife Sandra Dee.

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Flixster Audience Score: 64% Flixster User Reviews
Derek Daniels
Kevin Spacey did a great job putting together the story of Bobby Darin, one of the most popular singers of his time in the 60's. Spacey directed and… More
Al S
Kevin Spacey is absolutely marvelous. A teriffic performance. He sing's, writes, produces and directs a magnificent movie. Kate Bosworth is fantastic. This… More
Emily Armstrong
This movie did not live up to its tagline and all in all lacked a certain lustre that this kind of film demands. That's not to say that Kevin Spacey did a… More
Roy Gutteridge
Spacey is someone who is capable of producing, writing, directing, starring and doing his own singing -- and making it all work magnificently.
Lady D'arbanville
This was great, I didn't know very much about Bobby Darin and Kevin Spacey certainly played a great part.
Nate Zoebl
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